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Nuclear waste reaches German destination at last

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Nuclear waste reaches German destination at last


A convoy of nuclear waste has arrived at Gorleben in Germany for storage, after a tortuous journey from France where it had been sent for reprocessing.

Eleven containers were loaded from a train onto fortified lorries for the final few kilometres under heavy police escort.

Protesters had managed to delay the convoy, but the waste is now inside the site in Lower Saxony where it will be stored in an underground salt mine.

Police managed to clear hundreds of anti-nuclear activists, who argue that transporting the waste by rail is a danger to local communities and the environment. There were clashes as protesters resisted; some had chained themselves to railway tracks.

Water canons and pepper spray were used and the line was eventually cleared. At least 20 people were hurt.

Germany is phasing out its nuclear power plants by 2022, and no more waste is due to be sent to France for reprocessing.

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